If there’s one thing that is extremely difficult for me, it would have to be selling myself. Unlike many other countries, Australians tend to have issues promoting themselves, talking themselves up and “blowing their own trumpet”. I am more comfortable in handing over my CV and allowing that and my work to speak for itself! Not really acceptable or appropriate when you are meeting with the executive officers of an organisation in the hope of securing a position.
Today, I met with an organisation’s senior management from 3 metropolitan offices, to have further discussions about the position I wrote about in a recent post. Being a senior position they insisted upon me meeting all the relevant managers(who had all prepared copious notes and questions for me) but then again, I had just as many questions to ask of them! Although quite gruelling, it was a productive meeting and I have a thorough understanding of their expectations and they of mine.
Even though it was very hot today, I ensured I presented in a professional manner and felt confident about my appearance. I felt good walking into the conference room to meet everyone, after all, making a good first impression is paramount and feeling ok about my appearance certainly eased any feelings of nervousness!
When the meeting finally concluded, I felt relaxed and eager to meet with them again next week but I was also exhausted. Remembering names, titles, locations etc meant I had to be switched on and really on my game. Never mind the sweltering conditions and poor air conditioning LOL
More tomorrow, I am off to bed now 🙂